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City Block Builder

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Management
Developer: Tentworks Interactive
Release Date: 2023

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'City Block Builder' Available On Steam Early Access - Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 16, 2022 @ 10:06 a.m. PDT

City Block Builder is a mashup of deep tycoon management games with large-scale city building elements.

Set in Los Angeles during the 1950s, the game puts you in the shoes of a young, budding entrepreneur who is determined to build their own business empire. Fresh off the victory of WWII, Los Angeles is the pop culture capital of the world. With the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, designer shops, and finest cuisine money can buy, all under a canopy of clear blue skies, the City of Angels represents the “American Dream” at its most ideal.

As the owner of several establishments, it’s up to you to make every decision, both large and small, about how your enterprise operates. Choose which tiles, wallpapers, and furniture to decorate with. Decide what movies your cinema plays and at what times. Set the menu for your restaurant. Hire and fire staff. Nobody said building an empire was going to be easy!

City Block Builder will allow you to erect all manner of trades from bowling alleys, to jazz clubs, to drive-in theaters, parlors and more. Micromanage each business down to every detail, from its layout, to its lighting, to ensuring the entrance makes optimal use of foot traffic in your bustling borough! City Block Builder encourages players to find creative solutions to complex problems. Setting up the L.A.’s entertainment hub has never been so immersive!

City Block Builder lets you micromanage each business down to every detail, from its layout, to its lighting, to ensuring the entrance makes optimal use of foot traffic in your bustling borough! City Block Builder encourages players to find creative solutions to complex problems. Setting up the L.A.’s entertainment hub has never been so immersive!

City Block Builder is now available through Steam Early Access and Xsolla, and will remain so for 9 - 10 months.

“With City Block Builder we aim to make an extremely in-depth empire builder that’s still accessible to anyone with an interest in the golden age of Hollywood,” said Jay Basani, CEO of Tentworks Interactive. “This Early Access launch is only the beginning, as we have so many more businesses coming to the game over the next several months. As an independent game developer based in India, we want to show off our homeland’s talent on a global scale.”

City Block Builder Early Access version features the Sandbox mode of the game only with the capability of building multiple Cinemas, Cinema Lobbies and Restaurants. This version of the game will be showing the building capabilities of the Cinema, Lobby and Restaurants. The Sandbox mode will also include a few challenging quests for you to try out. This Early Access launch focuses entirely on the restaurant building portion of the game, but new businesses will be added as free updates between now and the full launch. A future update will add cinemas, allowing you to decide what movies to show and when, as well as the Story/Campaign Mode. 

The full version will feature an addition of multiple different business ventures:

  • Bowling Alleys, Jazz Clubs, Bars, Drive-in Theatres, Salons, etc., basically almost anything in your imagination
  • Our highly anticipated Story Mode, wherein you follow the life of Joey, a 1950's war veteran, to turn him in to the business tycoon he aspires to become. This mode will also be in a comic book style.
  • Access to Scenario Mode
  • Create your MOD's
  • Voice acted characters
  • Addition of different human and animal characters
  • Unlock Achievements

Each detail of City Block Builder is brought to life in glorious detail through hand-drawn art paying homage to the incredible culture of the era. Movies, posters, comic books, and advertisements capture the look and feel of the 1950s with their bold, technicolor palette, dapper outfits, and neat slogans. Even the foliage has been extensively researched to be accurate to the time, changing dynamically with the seasons.

While City Block Builder’s campaign mode will take you from rags to riches as you micro and macro manage each monetary decision, there will also be a Sandbox Mode offering full freedom to create the Los Angeles of your dreams with no expense spared! Every decision you make will set you on a different path giving different players varying outcomes.

City Block Builder is coming to PC (Steam) in 2022


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